Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Ever Wondered...

Have you ever wondered what people are talking about when they use terms like "deep ecology" or "eco-feminism" or "gaia"? Well, these are labels for differing perspectives within the environmental ethics debate.

I recently ran across a website, "the green fuse," illuminating these and other ethical viewpoints, researched and maintained by Dr. Adrian Harris, a Ph.D with a strong interest in the environment. If you have a curiosity about environmental philosophy, you can find the green fuse here:

The site's name is based on a poem by Dylan Thomas of the same name, which I reprint from Dr. Harris' site:

The force that through the green fuse drives the flower
by Dylan Thomas

The force that through the green fuse drives the flower
Drives my green age; that blasts the roots of trees
Is my destroyer.
And I am dumb to tell the crooked rose
My youth is bent by the same wintry fever.

The force that drives the water through the rocks
Drives my red blood; that dries the mouthing streams
Turns mine to wax.
And I am dumb to mouth unto my veins
How at the mountain spring the same mouth sucks.

The hand that whirls the water in the pool
Stirs the quicksand; that ropes the blowing wind
Hauls my shroud sail.
And I am dumb to tell the hanging man
How of my clay is made the hangman's lime.

The lips of time leech to the fountain head;
Love drips and gathers, but the fallen blood
Shall calm her sores.
And I am dumb to tell a weather's wind
How time has ticked a heaven round the stars.

And I am dumb to tell the lover's tomb
How at my sheet goes the same crooked worm.

Harris, Adrian. "The Green Fuse for environmental philosophy, deep ecology, social ecology, eco-feminism, earth-centered spirituality." Last revised: November 2002. (accessed June 3, 2009).

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